Published: Fri, November 23, 2018
Culture | By Glenn Strickland

NY braces for coldest Thanksgiving in more than a century

NY braces for coldest Thanksgiving in more than a century

"In The Name of Gloves" by the time she's done performing at New York City's super chilly Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, which forecasters say could be the coldest ever.

According to the musical's producers, this is the first LGBTQ kiss in the parade's history.

But there is one element of the parade that could still be threatened: the balloons.

"We like to be able to debut the best of Broadway, but we also like to show those viewers what they want to see", she said.

The iconic characters that soar between Manhattan skyscrapers will be grounded if sustained winds exceed 23 miles per hour (37 kph) and gusts exceed 34 miles per hour (54.7 kph) under city rules implemented after wind blew a "Cat in the Hat" balloon into a lamp post near Central Park, critically injuring a woman.

"Thanks to Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade folks who did that open gay kiss", one Twitter user said.

But this year's parade took a different tone when actresses Caitlin Kinnunen and Isabelle McCalla locked lips during the live NBC broadcast during a performance of a musical number from the recently released Broadway musical The Prom.

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The Ohio State University Marching Band tweeted photos of them on their way to NYC, and then some of them taking in the sights.

Frigid weather and blustery winds didn't chill the enthusiasm at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, where spectators bundled up in blankets and sleeping bags and the giant character balloons flew lower than usual.

And it's a good thing the parade went ahead, at least from a tourism perspective: NY remains the No. 1 destination for tourists traveling on the Thanksgiving holiday, and undoubtedly the iconic Macy's parade is a big draw.

NEW YORK-Diana Ross might be singing "Stop!"

The parade runs 46 blocks from the west side of Central Park to Macy's flagship store in midtown Manhattan.

Thousands of police officers were stationed along the parade route.

The event features about 8,000 marchers, including high school bands from across the country, and two dozen floats, culminating with the arrival of Santa Claus.

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